Study says young acne patients should be screened for depression

January 12, 2007

A University of Auckland study concluded that young people seeking treatment for acne should be screened for depression.

A University of Auckland study concluded that young people seeking treatment for acne should be screened for depression.

The study was conducted by researchers who have studied the link between teens with acne and those with suicidal thoughts.

The study, released in late 2006, used data collected during a New Zealand national secondary school health survey five years ago, and involved 9,500 children ages 12-18. Results showed that 34% of the students who reported suffering from acne said they had had suicidal thoughts-and that 13% said they had attempted suicide.

The survey did not ask, however, if participants were taking any medication for their acne.